Betty Thomas to Direct DESPERADOS; Described as a “Female HANGOVER” Starring Isla Fisher

     March 17, 2011

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I think a name like Wayne McClammy destines you to be either a comedy director or a character on Spongebob Squarepants.  McClammy chose the former, helming the viral Jimmy Kimmel Live segments “I’m Fucking Matt Damon” and “I’m Fucking Ben Affleck,” a slew of Sarah Silverman Program episodes, and was in talks to make his feature debut with Desperados.  Sadly, Universal never reached a deal with McClammy.  24 Frames reports that Betty Thomas (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel) is next in line for the job and sources suggest she will accept the offer.

Desperados is described as a “female Hangover” in which three women travel to Las Vegas “to set right a situation that had one of the women leaving a scathing message for a man she actually likes.”  Isla Fisher is attached to star; the studio is currently looking to fill the other two lead roles.  The script by Ellen Rapoport (The Jamie Kennedy Experiment) landed on the Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays two years ago.

Thomas has a spotty resume of late, but I like her hire if only because it’s always unfortunate when you have to put a man in charge of a distinctly female comedy from a fresh female voice.

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